2012 HFFA Annual Meeting in Berlin


4th HFFA Annual Meeting "Sustainable World Agriculture: How to Measure Progress", Aquino Conference Centre, Berlin, Germany, January 18-19, 2012


The 4th meeting of HFFA e.V. took place in Berlin on the eve of the 77th International Green Week. This year the conference was titled: Sustainable World Agriculture: How to Measure Progress.


This international forum was again a platform for representatives from industry and scientific institutions to develop recommendations for politics. More than 20 executive scientiest and outstanding experts from research institutes, society and agro-industry from all over Europe, the USA and Argentina met in Berlin to discuss crucial questions of sustainable agriculture.


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The keynote speech on 18 January was delivered by Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. He is Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Chairman of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). His speech focused on a social contract for the great transformation ahead covering global warming, scenario analyses and agricultural impacts.


The highlight of the opening day was the evening presentation of the Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben. He is former UK Secretary of State for Environment and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Chairman of the Marine Stewardship Council, Chairman of the International Commission on sustainable Consumption and Non-Executive Director of Kidde Plc. "Let's stop witchcraft" is the essence of his presentation on "The Future - Food or Famine" that attracted concentrated attention.


Dr. Hans Joehr, Corporate Head of Agriculture Nestle, introduced the SAI Platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative). SAI is an Organization created by the food industry to communicate and actively support the development of sustainable agriculture involving stakeholders of the food chain.

Find a pdf of his ppt presentation here.


Fred Luckey is Chairman of Field to Market, the Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. This Alliance is a collaborative stakeholder group to define and measure sustainability and the environmental impacts of agriculture.

Find his ppt presentation here as pdf and read on the strategies and members of the Alliance as well as the Fieldprint Calculator.


Dr. Norbert Schmitz from MEO Carbon Solutions, Cologne, enlarged on the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) - the first global certification system for sustainability and carbon emissions recognized by a governmental authority.

Get access to the pdf of his ppt presentation here and learn on the ISCC principles and operation systems.


Dr. Dirk Voeste, Head of Global Sustainability and Product Stewardship at BASF Crop Protection, explained AgBalance - a holistic life cycle assessment tool developed by BASF to measure sustainability in agriculture.

His ppt presentation is available as pdf document here and reveals the indicators of agricultural production systems in the three dimensions of ecology, economy and society.


Dr. Eugenio Cap is Director of the Institute of Economics and Sociology at INTA, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology, Argentina. He examined the correclation of productivity increses and sustainability using the example of no-till inn Argentina.

The economic impacts of adopting no-till in Argentina can be followed-up by the pdf of his ppt presentation.

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